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NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced 19 new councils in NSW which commenced 12 May 2016. The Minister has indicated his in principle support to create a further nine new councils, subject to the decision of the courts.
PIA Congress 2016 has come and gone. The theme of this year's Congress was to inspire, innovate and implement - how our ideas and thoughts can be transformed to reality and implemented.
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High density living is increasingly becoming the norm for the millions of people that want to live in our global cities. People assume that they must give up their connection to nature in order to live in central locations within our cities. However, given the increase in the amount of high rise residential apartments, designers are starting to shift towards locating high density development in locations adjacent to parklands and open spaces and are including tree planting within high density residential developments in city centres creating the “Vertical Forest”.
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Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist best known for her writing on cities. Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) modernised city planning and architecture. Her vision and focus on 'ten big ideas' provided a guide for planners to create diverse and vibrant cities.
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Unplanned cities and urbanisation is one of the greatest challenges facing developing countries, resulting in “slums, sprawl, housing and infrastructure shortages, and social segregation”, according to the United Nations.
This leads to cities that are unsustainable, prone to exclusion and unfit for purpose.
Mark Sheppard wrote a series of articles on the A-Z of Urban Design (and their misuse). We have compiled the articles into a guide that covers everything from active frontages to character and zero setbacks.
To view a copy of the guide, click here.
Our team and some of our clients were lucky enough to receive a visit from our UK counterpart Keith Brown last week.
The weather turned it on for our three teams who competed in the AustralianSuper Corporate Triathalon Series last Sunday. We look forward to seeing this become an annual event on the David Lock Associates' social calendar.
We'd also like to extend our thanks to Sean Stephens from Essential Economics who filled one of the swim legs.
Great effort team DLA!
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‘The fastest, best-connected places will win in the new global economy.’- John Kasarda
Transportation infrastructure has always shaped business location, commercial activity and urban development. Just as highways were the main drivers of urban development in the 20th century, and railroads in the 19th century, airports are now becoming the main determinants of business location and growth in the 21st century.
‘Future Directions for Social Housing (in NSW)’ was released in January 2016, it sets out the NSW Government’s plan to transform the current social housing system over the next 10 years to meet the needs of the 21st Century.
Our UK office has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence with Sport England for their 'Active Design' guide in the category 'Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-Being.'
The ageing Waterloo social housing estate will be redeveloped into a world-class vibrant community with more social, affordable and private housing, following the NSW Government’s announcement of the new Waterloo Metro Station.
David Lock Associates was part of the team awarded the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) state award (Tasmania) for 'Best Planning Ideas - Large Project.'
The Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA) recently held a seminar where the theme was 'To plot ratio or not to plot ratio?' Industry experts discussed the recent introduction of an interim plot ratio control in the Melbourne CBD (Schedule 10 of the Design and Development Overlay) that has taken the industry by surprise.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have released 'Essentials of Urban Design.' Written by David Lock Associates very own Mark Sheppard, Essentials of Urban Design explains the fundamental concepts of urban design, providing the understanding and tools needed to achieve better design outcomes.